If there’s one way to ruin a project, it’s with assumptions.
Assumptions that …
– I know what I’m doing.
– You know what you’re doing.
– When we use that word we use it in the same way and to mean the same thing.
– The resources will be available, that we understand how to use them, and that they’ll do what we … duh! … assume they will.
– The technology exists and is ready for its role in prime time.
– The supplier has what it takes and can get things to us when we need them.
– We can hire the people we need with the skills we need at the time we need them.
– Anything that can go wrong, won’t go wrong.
In any project, it’s safe to assume that almost every assumption will be wrong.
Make them explicit, and replace them – at all speed – with data.
Skippy strategy: Assume your assumptions are wrong.
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